Bill Patterson

Mar 30th, 1934 - Nov 22nd, 2020


First Apostolic Church

Sat, Nov. 28th, 2020 10:00am ~ 12:00pm


First Apostolic Church

Sat, Nov. 28th, 2020 12:00pm


McKinney Chapel Church

Sat, Nov. 28th, 2020 1:00pm

Bill Patterson

William Jesse “Bill” Patterson, age 86, of Goreville, passed away at 1:22 am on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Clarksville, Tennessee on March 30, 1934, the son of William Griffe and Mary (Marshall) Patterson. He married Verna Mae Moss in Chicago on June 15, 1957. She survives in Goreville.

Mr. Patterson was a member of the First Apostolic Church in Marion, where he had served as a Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and board member. Prior to his retirement, Bill had worked as a coal miner for more than twenty years and Norge for more than nineteen years. He was a proud United States Air Force Veteran.  Bill raised cows and horses and loved farming and all that went with it, including baling the hay. In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting old cars.

Survivors include his loving wife- Verna Mae Patterson of Goreville

Son- William Mark and Kelley Patterson of Goreville

Son- Edward Scott and Tammy Patterson of Goreville

Daughter- Monica Dawn Carroll of Jerseyville

Grandchildren- Kara Bevis and husband Jonathan

     Markella Rutherford and husband James

     Kyle Patterson and wife Kassey

     Garrett Patterson and wife Alyssa

     Nathan Carroll

Great Grandchildren- Avery and Lily Bevis

     Wesley Patterson

Sister- Bonnie Arms of Clarksville, Tennessee

Sister- Ruby George and husband George of Marion

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter- Jessica Patterson, and sister- Agnes Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the First Apostolic Church in Marion with Rev. Joel Gray officiating. Burial will follow at McKinney Chapel Cemetery with military rites provided by members of the Marion VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147, and Flag Detail Unit from the United States Air Force. A time of visitation will be held from 10:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Marion First Apostolic Church. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Marion First Apostolic Church.

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12 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Loretta Morgan Crosson

    From: Union, Kentucky

    Date: November 25, 2020

    So sorry for your great loss

  • Guest: Sharon and Harold L Johnson

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: November 25, 2020

    His life was a living testimony of a Godly man. A faithful servant who has gone onto his reward.

  • Guest: Ron Walls

    From: marion, Illinois

    Date: November 25, 2020

    Bill Patterson was a good husband, father, and elder.
    He came from good stock in Mary and Griffe.

    He will be missed by those that knew him.

    R. G. Walls

  • Guest: Rick and Cheryl Moss

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 25, 2020

    Bill was a good man and we always enjoyed being around him. May God wrap His loving arms around you all, now and in the future.

  • Guest: Steve Sullivan

    From: BELLEVILLE, Illinois

    Date: November 25, 2020

    Bill Patterson was such a role-model, hero of the faith and mentor to those of us who were younger and followed. He showed us by example how strong men live for God and care for others!

    Bill had a great sense of humor yet greater sense of discernment of the needs and feelings of others; a life well-lived in service to God and his fellow man!

    Like myself, Bill was a life-long fan of the “Moss” trio with that very close family harmony! See you, Bill, When They Ring The Bells of Heaven On That Day”…

    Although our hearts are broken, Bill’s life is to be celebrated!

    Thank you my friend, brother and Air Force comrade in arms for your service to God, your church, your family and a grateful nation!

  • Guest: Mike Frederick

    From: Marion, IL, Illinois

    Date: November 26, 2020

    Bill was a very fine Christian that I was glad to have had the privilege of knowing and attending church with for several years. I know he’s in a better place and I pray that God gives his entire family a peace and comfort during this time of loss.

  • Guest: Joyce Phillips

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 27, 2020

    Prayers for comfort and peace to his wife and children during this most difficult time.

  • Guest: Deanna Carter

    From: Marion , Kentucky

    Date: November 27, 2020

    My prayers are with you. May we all find comfort in our memories of our loved ones.

  • Guest: Kenneth &Shirley Kelton

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: November 27, 2020

    So sorry for your loss .Prayers for the family.

  • Guest: Mr. & Mrs Mike Frederick

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 27, 2020

    We are sorry for your lost. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Guest: Kenneth & Shirley Kelton

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 28, 2020

    Sorry For Your loss.prayers for you family.

  • Guest: Darren Venus

    From: Energy, Illinois

    Date: December 2, 2020

    Bro. Patterson was always an example of consistency for me. To a teenager growing up in the Marion church, he was a rock. I respected and appreciated so much his love for God and His family.

    My heart goes out to you all and I am praying for God’s peace and comfort to surround you as you grieve your loss, even while knowing it is his ultimate gain.